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Cyber Law Conference 2017

Cyber Law Conference 2017
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From the Chair

Last year, in introducing this conference, Judge David Harvey noted that business has to adapt to new systems and ways of doing things and that lawyers have to understand technology so that they can understand how the law is impacted.

To do that, we have prevailed upon industry leaders who are experiencing exponential technological change in the worlds of business, finance, government, health, education, entertainment and the internet generally, to give us the context in which we then can then hear from legal experts.

We will cover general cyberisk for business; the creation of a New Zealand Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). We’ll do a deep dive on how the Harmful Digital Communication Act is working. The advent of blockchain is already being felt now, but many argue that this technology has the ability to dramatically disrupt many sectors, including the practice of law itself. Health sensors and systems and the explosion of data that create huge opportunities, but also legal challenges in privacy and employment. As we come into a post Trans Pacific Partnership world, what developments can we expect to see in intellectual property law and how will that impact the creative sector and the vexed questions of access to and control of content on the internet.

Our objective in this conference is for each of us to challenge ourselves to think of cyberlaw not just in the abstract but in the context of industries undergoing exponential technological change. I look forward to seeing you there.

Chair: Rick Shera 

Sessions include

  • The Business of Risk – in the cyber world
  • Blockchain – What is it? What does it do? What does it mean?
  • The Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 – two years on
  • When what we wear says more than we intended
  • The Right to Copyright
  • The Cyber-legal Lounge
Download full brochure for an outline of each session.

Who should attend

All lawyers, and indeed any professional who recognises the need to be up-to-date with technology and its implications.

Learning objectives

After attending this conference you will:

  • Have an understanding of current developments in cyberspace, their impact, and the challenges they present to legal professionals.
  • Be equipped with the practical information you need when advising your client, including understanding when issues are likely to arise, how to deal with them and apply legal principles.

Live Web Stream

This conference is available via live web stream, direct to your computer. Click here to find out more about web streaming.
Please note: Live Web Stream registrations close 3pm 3 April 2017.


A booklet of papers will be given to participants when they register on the morning of the Conference.  Live Web Stream attendees will be sent their booklet in advance.


  • 8.30am - Sessions begin
  • 5.00pm - Sessions end

Fee (incl GST)


  • $875 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $935 - Non-members

Live Web Stream

  • $855

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here

Download full brochure & registration form
Wellington 4 April
Live Web Stream 4 April
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.

Cancellation and refund policy

Please note: Minimum and maximum numbers apply. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. Registrations close 10 working days before the presentation date (the closing date). NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel any session that does not reach the budgeted minimum number of registrations. This decision will be made on the closing date and a full refund will be made to each registrant of the cancelled session. If you cancel your registration before the closing date, a refund will be made, less a $200 administration fee. After the closing date, there will be no refund. You may transfer your registration to another person until five working days before the presentation. Please advise NZLS CLE Ltd in writing of the change.
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